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Apart from the Introduction that I gave from my previous blog posts about the book and the Windows Phone 7.5 Development, I think we have to jump into the technology of it. In this post we are going to talk about the Design Language, Real Estate, Input Patterns. Design Language: Design Language in my view is something that first strikes to the user/developer when they think of the application usage/development. How you want to design your application or how they users react with the navigation screens/patters ...
(Credit: Image used is from http://fav.me/d2pz3om, if the author objects, I'll remove it immedietly)As I understand it, Ninject 2.3 will have a .Bind<T>().ToFactory() Method. In the mean time, though, what do we do when we need to bind at run time? Let's say we have a Ninja class, which we want to send off to... well, 'off' someone. The problem is, we don't know, at design time, if the target will be roaming around a snowy area, or somewhere dark. So which Ninja instance will we need? The one ...
It’s time to dust things off here at DotGeek and get busy with learning some newer things in 2012 and in turn, hopefully providing myself some more opportunities in the long run too. I kind of let 2011 get away from me, but I had a later start to be fair. So what better time to start than at the first of 2012 and with a plan of action. So I’ve known for sometime that I wanted to become more than just front man and I wanted to be involved more with the backend operations of various projects. Whether ...
After reading this chapter you should be able to Identify organizations that set standards for networking Describe the purpose of the OSI model and each of its layers Explain specific functions belonging to each OSI model layer Understand how two network nodes communicate through the OSI model Discuss the structure and purpose of data packets and frames Describe the two types of addressing covered by the OSI model Networking Standards Organizations What are standards? Standards are documented agreements ...
The SQL Azure Federation had been publically launched several weeks ago and this is one of the most existing features I’m looking forward. This might be the first post of SQL Azure Federation, and hopefully not the last one. Some Backgrounds SQL Azure Federation was mentioned in about 2009. The Microsoft told that there will be a feature in SQL Azure allow users to split one database into many based on some sort of rules But from the client side perspective, user can interact their data as if in ...
What is the Streetlight Store?The Streetlight Store is a .Net library which uses the Entity Framework and a Microsoft SQL Server database to perform the "back-end" operations required for a typical e-commerce application. While the Streetlight Store is intended to be used for e-commerce, it is "front-end agnostic" meaning that you could just as easily create a point-of-sale user interface.Why is there a Streetlight Store?Why develop another e-commerce solution when there are so many already available? ...
A little more than three months ago, Microsoft hosted the //build/ conference at which they unveiled the upcoming version of Windows (commonly called Windows 8, though I don’t know if the marketing folks have accepted the fact that that is the name most of us are expecting for it yet). They released to the developer world a build of it called the Windows Developer Preview (and Windows Server Developer Preview) along with various tools for creating the new “Metro style” apps. I wasn’t able to make ...
Yes, we all know that the IT field is ever-changing. Yes, we all know the importance of keeping up to date on emerging technologies. Yes, we all know that you may never have the opportunity to use a lot of those technologies in your day-to-day role. So here is where the great divide comes… Those that are believers that the responsibility lies with their employer to provide ongoing training, and those that inherently take on the responsibility for themselves. The difference between the two views is ...
Yesterday I received my copy of “Pro Windows Embedded Compact 7” by Avi Kcholi. http://www.apress.com/97814... It’s a great book for people that have some experience and knowledge Windows Embedded Compact 7 and want to learn the “black magic” behind device driver development on this operating system. The book guides the reader trough different aspects of drivers (and BSP) development, starting from the foundation and reaching some advanced topics that are not covered in the on-line reference. ...
Greetings, this is my first geeks with blogs posting. so forgive me if it looks so sloppy. Purpose: To calculate additional shipping fees for a shopping cart full of items based on product name in Magento 1.4. We will assume the same shipping rate for all services here. Most items in our store are the same size and weight, except for a few items that are a little larger. We will identify those large items by name and add some amount onto them. First we shall start off with a free open source Magento ...
I was recently inspired to write on this topic after two client experiences that demonstrated serious misconceptions about the role that software architecture plays in producing quality software. After performing an assessment of a mid-sized company, it was obvious that they were in dire need of a good software architect to design and maintain the design of the application that they were in the process of planning. After making the recommendation, the CIO began to explain that they had already chosen ...
If you go to Site Points site at http://www.sitepoint.com/sale/  and register for being emailed details of offers in 2012, they are offering a free download - The Principles of Beautiful Web Design
Everyone has an opinion. When you embark upon your first real job as a programmer you will find this out very quickly. I have found that software developers can be some of the most opinionated and dogmatic people you will ever meet. This certainly is not a bad thing. However, young programmers will need to cultivate the ability to make their own minds up when it comes to how to write software. There are those who start out in a corporate environment where the styles and conventions used have already ...
Agility needs to get onto the next level – that´s what I tried to explain in my previous articles. After a reality check – what´s missing from Agile practice? –, and some general musings about how a next level of Agility could look like, here now some very tangible suggestions. Crank up the frequency Current Agile practice is suffering from too little attention to Acceptance. To change this, very, very clear Acceptance dates need to be set. Acceptance can only get into a real pulling mode, if dates ...
I just finished reading new book on Microsoft BizTalk 2010 written by BizTalk colleagues Kent Weare, Richard Seroter, Thiago Almeida, Sergei Moukhnitski, and Carl Darski. There are many good books that explore core BizTalk features for beginners, intermediate, and advanced developers. This one stands out by the fact that it covers relatively less documented aspect of BizTalk development – integrating with different line of business applications. The subject is vast and diverse so attempt to fit it ...
From you with new with WebMatrix, check out here . In this tutorial, I will show you how to create web page using WebMatrix with the following:1. Open the Web Matrix by double clicking the icon on your desktop.If you can’t see the “Add New File” dialog box when the application opens you may need to open it by selecting “New File” from the “File Menu”.2. If it’s not already selected under templates select “General” and on the right hand side select “ASP.Net Page”.3. Next you need to specify the location ...
Let´s get real about software development: It´s never going to be a quietly flowing river. Never. And that´s why the current approaches to software development like XP, Scrum, and Kanban will always cause pain. Their basic assumption is you should be able to isolate a team for a while to work on features. Leave it alone during an iteration or a sprint to complete a set of features, or at least sit still until the current feature is done. Certainly that´s what we all want as developers: being able ...
Yesterday, Microsoft announced the forthcoming release of BizTalk Server 2010 R2 on the BizTalk Server blog site. This is advanced notice, given that this new version will ship six months after the release of Windows 8, expected in the second half of next year. On this basis, we can expect the new version of BizTalk Server to arrive in 2013. Given the BizTalk team’s previous record of name changes, I wonder if this will eventually be released as BizTalk Server 2013. Microsoft has been refreshingly ...
I am not the fastest typist… I know it. Up till about a year ago I was a two finger typist and my two fingers could fly over the keyboard doing all sorts of acrobatics getting me up to a whopping 30 odd words per minute. Not bad for two fingers but barely close to some of my friends who speed away at 90+ words a minute using both hands. So it bugged me…. I mean I would like to consider myself a professional developer and feel that if I will be typing most of days then I should at least be doing it ...
This was a very interesting event, I had never spoken in an event with so many developers in one place. It was cool! I had two talks, one on HTML5 and IE9 where I demonstrated the HTML5 and CSS3 coverage in IE9 and performance improvements, the second on ASP.NET MVC Best Practices where I talked about a fraction of things that you need to be aware of and possibly use when you are developing an MVC application. The HTML5 and IE9 talk was more of a showcase and focused on new features that will continue ...
PrairieDevCon is a great conference hosted in Canada a few times a year. For the first time it’s coming to Calgary in March and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve participated as a speaker in every PrDC to date (2 in Regina, 1 in Winnipeg), and that streak will continue into Calgary. In addition to the 2 conference sessions I’ll be doing: Why do we Suck at Estimating? And How to Get Better Evolve Your Code: Fundamental Design Principles I’m also doing a full day Pre-Con Workshop on TFS Build. I plan ...
Overcoming the Asp.Net FileUpload limitations. In asp.net 2.0 and up, Microsoft introduced the FileUpload control. As you’ll see in the code below, usage is simple. Park it on the form in design mode, and use the FileUpload.SaveAs(URI) method to save it in a URI of your choice. Add a button, name it Upload (btnUpload) and that’s it. Now write the code as I have and try it. <% @ Page Language ="C#" AutoEventWireup ="true" CodeBehind ="Default.aspx.cs" Inherits ="FileUpload._Default" %> <! ...
One of the sites I go to frequently is www.silverlight.net/showcase. Theres always new stuff showing up here and it gives me tons of ideas. The business section is also awesome because it has tons of samples of great applications that should really jog your brain for ideas. One of the great things about SL and WPF is how we can break the mold of application design and come up with truly great new applications for our users. That’s one are where the showcase can help to get new ideas on things you ...
I have created a stencil for wire framing Windows Phone 7 application in Cacoo. This is definitely a work in progress, but until it is complete I would suggest combining this stencil with the Android stencil that is available by default in Cacoo. Below are a couple of screen shots of the stencil so far. First here is what the stencil window looks like currently. Taking a closer look the main device frame is illustrated below Lastly is the button pallet which contains the icons from the Windows Phone ...
I’ve always been a more or less active fan of Star Trek. During the construction phase of my house I started coding a GUI for controlling the house which has an EIB. Just for fun I designed a version inspired by the LCARS design used in Star Trek TNG and showed this to my wife. I showed her several designs before but this was the only one, she really liked. So I decided to go on with this. I started a C# WinForms application. The software runs on a wall mounted Shuttle Barebone-PC. First plan was ...
While I have always been a fan of libraries that improve coding efficiency and reduce code redundancy I have mostly been using ones that were in the public domain. As part of the Geeks With Blogs Influencers program a got my hands on ComponentOne’s Studio for Entity Framework. Below are my thought after working with the product for several weeks. My coding preference has always been maintainable code that is reusable across an enterprises protfolio. Because of this my focus in reviewing this product ...
(DISCLAIMER: Yes there are lots of more elegant ISO software beside the free Microsoft one I’m about to show. But free is free and it has been tested and works for me for making advance bootable USB drives. That is another story. Look up Windows 8 Developer Preview for that one on BING.) For those of use that work with new technology all the time we accumulate a lot of ISO files and have to burn them to CD/DVD’s quite often. But we now have machines without burner in the corporate environment. We ...
While looking for a free alternative to Sketchflow I landed on the Cacoo web site. Any developer who decides to use the free Visual Studio tools may find themselves doing the same search. The base functionality of Cacoo is free although there are certain features that have fees attached to them such as extended stencils and templates. Cacoo doesn’t seem to have a template for WP7. It does have templates for iOS and Android development so I started with the Android template and started modidfying ...
I find myself needing to get query parameters that are passed into a web app on the URL quite often. At first I wrote a function that creates an associative array (aka object) with all of the parameters as keys and returns it. But then I was looking at the revealing module pattern, a nice javascript design pattern designed to hide private functions, and came up with a way to do this without even calling a function. What I came up with was this nice little object that automatically initializes itself ...
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These are some of the best RSS feeds I've found for keeping up with HTML5. I'm doing jQuery & MVC development as well so you will find the links have a jQuery/MS angle to them. WhenCanIUse The oh-so-necessary caniuse.com, in RSS update format: http://feeds.feedburner.com... ScriptJunkie http://services.social.micr... good HTML, JavaScript, CSS site hosted by MS Rachel Appel's blog http://rachelappel.com/rss?... ...
Goal: Store custom data with the data attribute on any DOM element and retrieve it. Previously under HTML4 we used to use classes to store custom data, something to the affect of <input class="account void limit-5000 over-4999" /> and then have to parse the data out of the class In a book published by Peter-Paul Koch in 2007, ppk on JavaScript, he explains why and how to use custom attributes to make data more accessible to JavaScript, using name-value pairs. Accessing a custom attribute account-limit=5000 ...
Ok, so maybe this is really why I need UX designers. While I have always had an interest in photography and can appreciate a well designed user interface putting one together is an entirely different endeavor. Being color blind doesn’t help, but coming up with ideas is probably the biggest portion of the issue. I can spot things that just don’t look like they work right, but what will? UX designers is an area that most companies do not spend much if any resources. As they say, you only get one chance ...
If you have not developed with styles in Silverlight/XAML then it can be challenging and resources can be sparse depending on how deep you get. One thing that you need to understand is what level you can apply styles and how much they can cascade. What I am finding is that this doesn’t go to the level that we are used to in HTML and CSS. While styles can be defined at a page level if you want to share styles throughout your application they should be defined in the App.xaml file. This is of course ...
NOTE: This information applies to LightSwitch Beta 1 ONLY. This post originally copied from here. Visual Studio LightSwitch has a bunch of screen templates that you can use to quickly generate screens. They give you good starting points that you can customize further. When you add a new screen to your project you see a set of screen templates that you can choose from. These templates lay out all the related data you choose to put on a screen automatically for you. And don’t under estimate them; they ...
This is what I think about Microsoft Windows Phone. If Microsoft were in our shoes looking at various phones available their configurations, memory, front facing cameras etc. Microsoft disappointed the USA customer base again by not getting Nokia Lumia 800. The Past: If we talk few years ago, few business people were on their Blackberry’s and few Gadget lovers were on crappy Windows OS devices. The world was all going right till Apple came with a revolutionary device iPhone, which completely changed ...
I decided it was time to share some of my favorite tools and tricks that I use to make my time in Visual Studio more productive. Naming Standards If you do not already know the name and website IDesign.net, then I suggest you explore them and get to know them well. This is the architecture and design site started by Juval Lowy and now has such .NET architects as Michele Leroux Bustamante, Brian Noyes, Mark Michaelis, Dino Esposito, Miguel A. Castro. I had the luxury of seeing some of their presentations ...
I've got a bunch of technical books I'd like to get rid of. Some are more current than others. 3D Programming For Windows Introducing LINQ VB.NET Class Design Handbook ASP.NET MVC 1.0 ASP.NET MVC In Action FBML Essentials Test Driven Development in Microsoft .NET The Rational Guide To Building Technical User Communities Expression Web Step By Step Applications = Code + Markup I don't really feel like dealing with the hassle of ebay (or Amazon), and I'd hate to just throw them away. Craigslist / Freecycle ...
The following sections are covered in the Interaction Design book – the sections in blue are examinable for 2011, the sections in pink are not examinable. A brief example of questions to be expected in the Exam Below are some example questions extracted from previous exam papers and assignments…. I have outlined just the basic section headers, you will need to be able to expand on these… Define Interaction Design (Chapter 1) Interactive Design is the process of designing interactive products to support ...
For good or bad, Microsoft’s Entity Framework (EF) has become one of the most widely used ORM tools out there. While some may state that it's not among the better ones (or that it's not even a real ORM), it’s definitely the most convenient one: its Visual Studio integration and consequently its integration with the MS SQL Server database is unparalleled. This is especially relevant to people who haven’t used the concept of object-relational mapping before - there's almost no initial learning curve ...
The Distinguished Field is often seen as the weaker of the two types of Fields when handling Fields in BizTalk. After all, the Distinguished Field can’t be used as a filter on a message, and it’s slower than its big brother the Promoted Field. Well, today I’m here to dispel the myth of the wimpy Distinguished Field and place in the pantheon of power that equals, and in some ways exceeds the Promoted Field. MYTH: Getting the value of a Distinguished Field requires loading the entire message into memory. ...
Aims of this Chapter Consider what doing interaction design involves Explain some advantages of involving users in development Explain the main principles of a user-centred approach Ask and provide answers for some important questions about the interaction design process Introduce the idea of a lifecycle model to represent a set of activities and how they are related Describe some lifecycle models from software engineering and HCI and discuss how they relate to the process of ID Present a lifecycle ...
Aims of this chapter Describe the important concepts associated with inspection methods Show how heuristic evaluation can be adapted to evaluate different types of interactive products Explain what is involved in doing heuristic evaluation and various kinds of walkthrough Describe how to perform two types of predictive techniques, GOMS and Fitts Law, and when to use them Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using analytical evaluation Summary Inspections: Heuristic Evaluations Heuristic evaluation ...
So you have started using DevExpress XPO/XAF and now you would like to see how to use the EDMX (Entity Data Model XML) visual designer within Visual Studio to draw your entities and relationships. First let’s explain the steps we are going to do and what is taking place, then I’ll give you the steps to accomplish this. The EDMX design surface is what is currently being used to generate Entity Framework code. What we have done is to intercept the saving of the diagram and use this to generate XPO/XAF ...
Aims of this chapter Illustrate how observation, interviews, and questionnaires that you encountered and are used in evaluation Explain the key concepts and terms used in evaluation Introduce three main evaluation approached and key evaluation methods within the context of real evaluation studies Examine how the approaches and methods are used for different purposes at different stages of the design process Discuss some of the practical challenges that evaluators have to consider when doing evaluation ...
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Aims of this chapter Discuss how to plan and run a successful data gathering program Enable you to plan and run an interview Enable you to design a simple questionnaire Enable you to plan and execute an observation Summary Four Key Issues Setting Goals – outline what the objective of the exercise is The relationship with participants – get participants to give permission to have their data used if necessary Triangulation – Use more than one data gathering technique to tackle a goal Pilot Studies ...
Aims of this chapter Explain what expressive interfaces are and the effects they can have on people Outline the nature of user frustration and how to reduce it Describe how technologies can be designed to change people’s attitudes and behaviour Debate the pro’s and con’s of applying anthropomorphism in interaction design Describe the affective aspects used in interface agents and interactive physical toys Present models and frameworks of affect that can be applied to interaction design Enable you ...
Aims of this chapter Explain what is meant by the problem space Explain how to conceptualize interaction Describe what a conceptual model is and how to begin to formulate one Discuss the pros and cons of using interface metaphors as part of a conceptual model Outline the core interaction types for informing the development of a conceptual model Introduce theories, models, and frameworks as a way of informing interaction design Summary Understanding the problem space Problem space - Understand and ...
Aims of Chapter 1 Explain the difference between good and poor interaction design Describe what interaction design is and how it relates to human-computer interaction and other fields Explain what is meant by the user experience and usability Summary Good and Poor Interaction Design The following examples were used to illustrate good and poor design. Voicemail system Remote control A key question for interaction design is how do you optimize the user’s interactions with a system, environment, or ...